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Tokyo to bid for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo formally announced its bid to host the 2020 Olympics as a symbol of Japan’s determination to recover from the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The announcement was made on Saturday, at a reception marking the 100th anniversary of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and in the presence of…

South Korea’s Pyeongchang wins vote to stage 2018 Games

IOC President Jacques Rogge announced Pyeongchang’s victory at the IOC’s session in Durban. It will be the first time a Korean city has staged the Winter Games and only the third time it will have been held in Asia. “This is one of the happiest days for our country, our…

Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard says he was sexually assaulted by coach

LOS ANGELES — Former US Olympic gold medalist Sugar Ray Leonard says he was sexually assaulted by an ex-American Olympic team coach. Leonard, who won a gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Games and went on to have a brilliant pro career, made the accusations in a new tell-all book…

Olympian Carl Lewis clears first political hurdle

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Former Olympic track star Carl Lewis won the first leg in his race to become a New Jersey state senator on Wednesday when a judge ruled in his favor on a Republican challenge to his candidacy. State Administrative Judge John Schuster III recommended throwing out the challenge…

Colbert brings comedy act to Vancouver Olympics

Stephen Colbert, the comedy show host who rescued US Speedskating from a sponsor bankruptcy and ripped Canadians as “syrup-suckers”, is bringing his act to the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Colbert will broadcast his Comedy Central television show, an over-the-top parody of a conservative talk show called “The Colbert Report”, from Vancouver…

Ahead of Olympics, Vancouver assaults civil liberties

Vancouver may be the world’s most livable city, at least according to one survey, but many of its residents are upset by what they see as an assault on civil liberties intended to silence critics of the Olympic Games. For months, this picturesque metropolis of 2 million people, sandwiched between…

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